The law of land-use control as expressed in major judicial decisions in the U.S. Creation, expansion and powers of municipal corporations; use of legal planning tools such as zoning, abatement of nuisance, eminent domain, etc.

This course surveys the contemporary practice of economic development in the United States. Its goal is to provide students with the requisite background to undertake a critical evaluation of economic development strategies. The course begins with a broad overview of the contemporary practice, history and politics of economic development. Next it addresses the broader concept of economic development by contrasting it with similar concepts such as economic growth, sustainable development, community development etc. To better understand the economic forces that shape contemporary practice, the remainder of the 1st half of the course reviews some of the prevailing theories of regional development. The second half of the course focuses on particular strategies of state and local economic development.

This is an introductory, graduate-level course in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in urban and regional planning.
The goal of this seminar is to introduce students to scenario planning as a professional technique to address uncertain futures on behalf of our communities. Scenarios can be used to challenge conventional thinking and promote creative plan-making that is supported with rigorous analysis of empirical data. In a time when climate change, the automation of work, technology disruption, and social inequity must be confronted by planners, there is a need to address how various trends will impact the future and to provide this information to stakeholders and decisions makers in ways that both clearly communicate and educate. Students will develop skill in using one or more scenario planning tools and will receive a brief introduction to new methods and techniques that can be used in the plan making process. Students will engage with planning theory and research related to scenario planning.
The primary goal of this class is to assure that planning-oriented Doctoral (or advanced Master’s) students have a general, substantive command over the spectrum of past and present perspectives regarding planning theory. 
This course introduces students to the 4-E concept of sustainability: environment, economy, equity, and engagement as it applies to the built environment and policies at the municipal and regional level.